Our National Insanity

Published as the students from Marjory Stoneman Johnson are speaking in Tallahassee FL. Previous related posts: Feb. 14, Feb 15, Feb. 17 (two posts) Today is one week out from the massacre at Parkland, Florida. In the last 48 hours came two items that especially drew my attention. There are many, many more such items, […]

On Losing Hope…Don’t….

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going” (Proverb, uncertain origin) As the awful days of 2017 drag on, I am very tempted to give up. Why bother? There seems little reason to hope for any improvement in our increasingly awful status quo – a fate we freely chose last November. If you watch […]

Dick Bernard – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Minneapolis-St. Paul area: Here are the film showtimes for Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. * We went to see Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power on Wednesday afternoon. Climate change is a topic that has long been of concern to me, and I have written about it before, here, and followed it […]

#1280 – Dick Bernard: “Age of Anger, A History of the Present”

Some weeks ago a long-time friend told me about the book, “Age of Anger…”, which I briefly introduced in this post on July 21st. The book was my vacation project this past week. I found it to be highly informative, and highly recommend it for book club discussion, or simply for individual reflection on the […]

#1248 – Dick Bernard: A bit of nostalgia; and “fake news”

This afternoon was picture perfect in my town. It was too nice to stay indoors, so I decided to take a short trip down the old Military Road, ending up at Old Cottage Grove, in front of the Boondocks bar (which, from appearances, seemed to be closed….) (click to enlarge) It wasn’t a long trip […]

Dick Bernard: Changing a Light Bulb

Two weeks ago we toured the newly renovated Minnesota State Capitol building. Renovation of the now 112 year old facility had been needed for years. Of course, renovation costs money, which means politics, which means delays, which means higher costs, which mean political advantage (or disadvantage). But that’s another story. This is about a light […]

#1195 – Dick Bernard: Hacking my Facebook, and the Tweet Dilemma, and a special guest.

A few days ago I got several e-mails reporting that my Facebook account had been hacked. There is something humiliating about such a violation of boundaries, but it happens. I changed my password (a story in itself), but decided not to close down and start over. I know, now, how to shut it down if […]

#1157 – Dick Bernard: Two Books Well Worth a Read: Shawn Otto's "The War on Science"; and Lois Phillips Hudson's "Unrestorable Habitat"

Back in January a mysterious e-mail appeared in my in-box from someone named Cynthia. She had googled the name Lois Phillips Hudson to see if anything would come up, and found me. More on Mrs. Hudson’s book, “Unrestorable Habitat“, “below the fold”… (click to enlarge photos) A few months later came an invitation to hear […]

#1152 – Dick Bernard: The Newspaper; Government by Twitter

Those interested in why I very strongly support Hillary Clinton for President can read my post from Sunday here. The post includes several comments pro and con as well. Personally, I always find the perspectives of Just Above Sunset informative. The latest is here. (click on all photos to enlarge) Monday evening came one of […]

#1149 – Dick Bernard: The Maestro gives a Shout-out

POSTNOTE JULY 23: Munich. My plan a few days ago was to watch the Republican Convention on TV… (continued after “shout-out”) The Shout-out. Two weeks ago, Saturday July 9, we took Don, our neighbor across the street, to Sommerfest at Orchestra Hall. The hall this particular evening seemed packed, even though the featured soloist on […]